Hi no Tori: Houou-hen

Phoenix: Karma Chapter

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Synonyms: Firebird: Karma Chapter
Japanese: 火の鳥 鳳凰編
English: Phoenix: Karma Chapter
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 20, 1986
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 1 hr.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.831 (scored by 19401,940 users)
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Ranked: #49782
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Popularity: #8957
Members: 4,395
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Akanemaru, a skilled sculptor, sets out to find the muse for his masterpiece, the legendary immortal bird Phoenix. However, on his journey, he encounters unexpected trouble when he runs into Gaou, a one-eyed, one-armed bandit. Despite Akanemaru's friendly demeanor, Gaou, who harbors animosity toward the world as a ruthless man, attacks and robs him.

As they go their separate ways, the unfortunate incident fades into oblivion. Years later, Akanemaru is forced to accept a new assignment and abandon his dream, while Gaou is stricken with sudden misfortune—a twist of fate that will change both their lives forever. But little do they know that these new circumstances will eventually lead them to cross paths once more: this time as rivals.

Set in Japan's Nara period, Hi no Tori: Houou-hen explores the fragile balance between action and consequence as it follows the lives of two men who must inevitably confront the responsibilities of their choices.

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Released in 1986, Hi no Tori: Houou-hen is an anime adaptation of the fifth volume of the Hi no Tori manga series, written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. The fifth volume is widely considered the masterpiece of the manga series. The anime is not officially available in the U.S. It was shown as part of a double bill with Toki no Tabibito: Time_Stranger, also produced by Madhouse.

Characters & Voice Actors



The Phoenix







Maruyama, Masao
Takayashiki, Hideo
Tezuka, Osamu
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"Hi no Tori" By Noriko Watanabe

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Dec 9, 2019
This review is written in both Bengali and English. It reviews all three OVAs without any spoilers.

কিছুদিন ধরে আমাকে এক নেশায় পেয়েছে। ৮০-৯০ দশকের Madhouse এর OVA দেখছি। তখন খুজতে গিয়ে এই OVA সিরিজটার সন্ধান পাই। এটি বিখ্যাত মাঙ্গাকা Osamu Tezuka রচিত মাঙ্গার আডাপ্টেসন। মাঙ্গাটির প্রতি ভলুমে একটি করে গল্প আছে। একেকটি গল্পের সেটিং সম্পূর্ণ আলাদা। তবে গল্পগুলোর মধ্যে যোগসূত্র স্থাপন করেছে "Hi no Tori" বা "Immortal Phoenix" এর আবির্ভাব।
এর আগেও অবশ্য এইটার খোঁজ পেয়েছিলাম, তখন ম্যাল এ লো স্কোর দেখে আর আগাই নি। এবার সাহস করে দেখলাম। ভাগ্যিস দেখলাম!! এটার স্কোর এত কম হতেই পারে না। কেন?? কারন এতে আছে দৃষ্টিনন্দন আর্ট, সুথিং মিউসিক, ...
Mar 25, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Not sure how some call this the greatest arc in all of Phoenix tbh. It was good, just not sure it was even holding a candle to arcs like The Dawn, Future, Transformation and Resurrection.

I don't know what more to say other than that.it could have been better in a lot of varying departments. Nothing stood out. I'm lying. It stood out in its ability to kill of characters and Tezuka pulled nk punches with that in general lol. That made it more grounded.

But everything else failed to impress. How many more characters to write for a full review here? I'm feeling sleepy ...
Mar 21, 2022
This review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk.

Before I start this review I just want to state that I have not read the manga, and that this review is based purely on the movie adaptation. I realise that not reading the manga beforehand means I most likely do not 'fully comprehend' the context, history and motivations of certain characters, but like I said, this review will focus on the movie as it is, a standalone from other adaptations.

Reincarnation is a fascinating subject, combined with Buddhism's perspective of karma, and you have an interesting combination of the two; especially when it's used as a ...

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